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Beer, Sports & Fun

Round up your best sport loving, beer loving friends for fun and adventure in the city that makes getting together time easy, convenient and affordable. Here are a few ideas for bonding over beers, sports and more!

1. Drink Up

2. Dig in to Hardy Food

  • Start your day off right (with plenty of bacon) at top breakfast spots like Real Food Café, Sundance Grill and Wolfgang’s.
  • Get a good ‘ol fashioned hot dog (or six) at Yesterdog.
  • Try the Crack Fries at HopCat – they’re ranked in the Top 10 of all French Fries served in America.
  • Treat yourself to a juicy slab of beef at three downtown steakhouses:
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The Chop House

Treat yourself to the finer pleasures with consummately satisfying dining at The Chop House....

  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • 190 Monroe Ave. NW
  • Interests: food-&-dining
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Judson's Steakhouse

Judson's is downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan's original boutique steakhouse (est. 1997). Experience...

  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • 20 Monroe Ave. NW
  • Interests: craft-beer-and-beverages, food-&-dining
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Ruth's Chris Steak House

At Ruth’s Chris Grand Rapids we’re picky about our steaks. That’s why we serve only the finest USDA...

  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • 187 Monroe Avenue NW
  • Interests: food-&-dining

3. Attend a Sporting Event

4. Get Outdoors

  • Golf at two-dozen excellent courses as close as five minutes to downtown.
  • Bike hundreds of miles of paved trails through all kinds of scenery.
  • Treat yourself to some of the country’s best fishing, boating, hiking and hunting.
  • Lace up for a never-ending series of running events – including the Fifth Third River Bank Run, America’s largest 25K road race, held every May.
  • Take a Running Tour to burn calories while you learn about the city’s past and present.

5. Chase Thrills

  • Tackle more than 60 miles of mountain bike trails in and around the city.
  • Ski, snowboard and ride the zipline at Cannonsburg Ski Area.
  • Climb aboard seven roller coasters at Michigan’s Adventure amusement park.
  • Engage in pitched paintball battle at TC Paintball.

6. Enjoy the Nightlife

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Van Andel Arena

Concerts, entertainment and sports venue.

  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • 130 W. Fulton St.
  • Interests: live-music
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DeVos Performance Hall

DeVos Performance Hall, located in the DeVos Place convention center, is Grand Rapids' premier...

  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • 303 Monroe Ave. NW
  • Interests: art-&-culture
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20 Monroe Live

This incredible space is the perfect location to host your corporate event, private concert,...

  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • 11 Ottawa Ave. NW

7. Do Something Grand

Delve deeper into Grand Rapids culture with awesome tours and experiences highlighting beer, food, history, art, music and more.

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